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4 18 2014 Lent 2014 Easter Lily

Reflection for Easter Sunday

As we gathered in darkened churches to celebrate the Easter Vigil, we were reminded of the power of one candle.  The Paschal candle lit from the Easter fire had the ability to illumine the entire church and banish the darkness.  From that one candle the flame is shared and diffused throughout the worshipers until hundreds […]

4 11 2014 Palm Sunday SMALL

The Power – and Peril – of Crowds

Think back to the last performance, sporting event, or speech you attended that concluded with the audience on their feet, shouting their approval and delivering a standing ovation. An expertly-sung aria, a new policy platform, or a game-saving play can bring a crowd to its feet in shared euphoria. One has to imagine that it […]

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Sent Out into a Messy World: The Mission of Pope Francis

“Anyone who knows about Catholic Charities in the United States knows that we are all about the messiness in people’s lives. People turn to us when things get broken: a crisis in the family, an economic setback, a personal failure, a challenge too overwhelming for their resources or emotions. In all of these situations, we […]

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Forty Days of Learning to Let Go

Lent is intended to be a time for self-reflection and repentance before the celebration of Christ’s resurrection – a spring cleaning, if you will, before the joy of Easter. This time of preparation and purification has Biblical roots – In the synoptic Gospels, we hear about Jesus’ solitary journey to the desert for a period […]

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A Prayer for the Innocents

In many ways, it’s hard to believe it has already been one year. Our staff was gathering for our annual Christmas party, preparing to celebrate the good cheer and hopefulness of the holiday season. The food was ready and laughter was filing the halls of our office. Then I saw the breaking news alert – […]

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“Expiring Unemployment Insurance: A Financial Cliff Facing 1.3M Americans”

The following are Rev. Larry Snyder’s remarks during the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on Thursday, December 5, 2013, entitled “Expiring Unemployment Insurance: A Financial Cliff Facing 1.3 Million Americans.” Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, members of the House Democratic Caucus, and Americans benefiting from this program highlighted its importance and underscored the harm […]

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CCUSA Responds to Typhoon Haiyan: Our Hearts are Heavy at the Reports of Widespread Devastation

Rev. Larry Snyder, President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) responds to the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan: “Our hearts are heavy at the reports of widespread devastation in the areas impacted by Typhoon Haiyan. With thousands reported dead and many more injured, this is tragedy on a devastating scale.Catholic Charities USA and its network of member agencies stand at the ready […]

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Measuring Poverty with 21st Century Tools

I don’t know about you, but I love my smartphone. It’s amazing to think that only 10 years ago, the way we consumed news, caught up on work emails, or kept in touch with family members was so drastically different – then one device came along and changed everything. Last year, a leading tech company […]

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Superstorm Sandy One Year Later: The Recovery Continues

It is hard to believe that one year has passed since communities from West Virginia to Connecticut were affected by the fury and might of Superstorm Sandy. I visited the areas affected shortly thereafter and it was impossible not to be struck by the awesome power of nature and its ability to wipe out entire communities. […]